Got Debt? Thank Heather Wilson.
Former Congresswoman Heather Wilson is beating the “fiscal conservative” drum in her current US Senate race. On her website, Wilson says “Washington is spending money we don’t have… Our national debt has increased by more than one-third…”
Problem is, Wilson neglects to note her very important role in creating the fiscal crisis she now claims to laud.
Throughout her career Heather Wilson’s voting record has been very consistent. If she could be lauded for anything it would be her steadfast commitment to favoring wealthy special interest groups over hard-working lower and middle class New Mexico families.
Heather Wilson, “the fiscal conservative,” has consistently voted to plunge our nation further in debt while rewarding millionaires with exemptions that ultimately cost the working class. A staunch supporter of the Bush administration tax cuts for the wealthy dating back to 2001, Wilson also opposed the requirement that those tax cuts be paid for.
Check the facts:
Wilson Voted Five Times To Increase The Nation’s Debt Limit. There wereseven successful debt ceiling increases during Wilson’s congressional career. Wilson voted for five of those increases. [Congressional Research Service, 5/10/11; Vote #279, 6/27/02; Vote #141, 4/11/03; Vote #536, 11/18/04; Vote #149, 4/28/05; Vote #681, 10/3/08]
Wilson Repeatedly Voted Against Fiscally Responsible Budgeting Rules Like Pay-As-You-Go. Wilson voted at least half a dozen times against reinstating fiscally responsible budgeting rules like Pay-As-You-Go. According to the Tax Policy Center, “PAYGO, which stands for ‘pay-as-you-go,’ is a budget rule requiring that, relative to current law, any tax cuts or entitlement and other mandatory spending increases must be paid for by a tax increase or a cut in mandatory spending.” [Vote 535, 11/18/04; Vote 317, 6/25/04; Vote 171, 5/13/04; Vote 145, 5/5/04; Vote 97, 3/30/04; Vote 84,3/25/04; Tax Policy Center, 7/12/07]
Wilson Voted Five Times To Increase The Nation’s Debt Limit. There were seven successful debt ceiling increases during Wilson’s congressional career. Wilson voted for five of those increases. [Congressional Research Service, 5/10/11; Vote #279, 6/27/02; Vote #141, 4/11/03; Vote #536, 11/18/04; Vote #149, 4/28/05; Vote #681, 10/3/08]
She says she admires Paul Ryan’s “willingness to put forth bold ideas,” which is another way of saying that she supports his budget plan to make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, and give millionaires an additional windfall tax cut of $265,000. This will be paid for by a tax increase on the already overburdened middle class, who will then be rewarded with cuts to education, welfare, social services, and the privatization of social security.
Wilson Voted Five Times To Allow Increases To Her Own $165,000 Pay. Wilson voted five times for procedural motions that blocked efforts to deny members of Congress an annual pay raise. According to the Congressional Research Service, “Under [the 1989 Ethics Act], annual adjustments were accepted 13 times (scheduled for January… 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009) and denied eight times (scheduled for January… 1999, 2007, 2010, and 2011).” Wilson voted for five of those procedural motions. [Vote 261, 6/13/06; Vote 327, 6/28/05; Vote 451, 9/14/04; Vote 463,9/04/03; Vote 322, 7/18/02; CRS Report: Salaries of Members of Congress, 2/9/11]
Fiscal conservative or big business-as-usual?
Got Debt? Thank Heather Wilson.